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Faces & Places of Yesterday

Photos of yesterday, featuring regular people and regular places.

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Post Office postmen on scooters." Kind of a Segway vibe here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

U.S. Post Office “Segways” of 1917

Check this out. Look familiar? This mode of transportation closely resembles the Segways you see zipping around D.C., carrying tourists around the sites. Or maybe a little like those Razor Scooters. Source: Shorpy You...
Camp of the Union forces at Centreville, Va. Winter 1861-62

Camp of Union Forces at Centreville During Winter 1861

Here’s a terrific detailed photograph of the Union encampment at Centreville during the winter of 1861-1862. Click on it for more details. Source: Library of Congress
1950s car after accident

Help Identify This 1950s Location

We came across these beautiful photographs on Flickr and had to share them with GoDCers. It appears to be an old car getting in need of some repairs after an accident. The vehicle appears...
Washington, D.C., 1916. "Post Office Department mail wagon." With a slogan we can all get behind. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

U.S. Mail Truck in 1916

Any idea where this might be? I’m going to guess that we won’t figure it out given the inability to make out the house numbers. Nevertheless, if you’re up for a challenge this weekend,...
Union soldiers guarding the Potomac River in Washington, DC in 1861. Georgetown University is visible in the background. Photo by George Barnard

Union Soldiers on the Banks of the Potomac

What an incredible photo. We dug this one up thanks to Reddit.
Washington, D.C, 1921. "Scripps-Booth Sales Co., 14th Street N.W." And one very shiny sedan. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

Evening Photo: Old 1921 Car on 14th Street

This is a great old photo for you to examine. It’s a Scripps-Booth sitting in front of the dealer at 1012 14th St. NW, which is just north of K St. Unfortunately, the building...
soldiers amid 1968 riot ruins

Soldiers Amid Ruins of ’68 Riots

No commentary needed on this one. A sad day for D.C.
Children playing in the Defrees Alley, NE Washington, D.C.; Near Capitol Building; One basement room rents for $9.00 a month, two rooms upstairs for $ 16.00, one bath and cold water in the hall for entire building.. Wolcott, Marion Post -- Photographer

Children Playing in Defrees Alley, Northeast

Here’s a fascinating photograph of living conditions that no longer exist in Washington. This is Defrees Alley in Northeast. It was located between I, K, North Capitol and First St.
January 1918. Washington, D.C. "Billy Sunday tabernacle." A temporary meeting hall built near Union Station for a three-month series of revival meetings held by the famous evangelist. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.

Great Photo from the Winter of 1918

This is an old photo of the “Billy Sunday tabernacle” near Union Station. Can you recognize any of the landmarks (other than the obvious Capitol and Library of Congress). Source: Shorpy